1. Apply the nursing process through critical thinking and professional nursing judgment to provide and evaluate nursing care needed to sustain life, to recover from disease or injury, and cope with their effects in acute and long term care institutional and community settings.
2. Utilize the research process, its application to the discipline of nursing and its essential relationship to evidence-based nursing practice
3. Function within the specific nursing roles as a provider of care, a coordinator of care, a health educator, an advocate for individuals, families, groups, and communities, and as a member of the nursing profession.
3.1 As a provider of care the student will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to holistically assess and evaluate client needs across the lifespan and develop, implement and evaluate a plan of care in collaboration with the client and other health care providers which promotes maximum health and well-being.
3.2 As a teacher the student will develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive health education plan for a specific client that includes strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention that incorporate sociocultural variables across the life span.
3.3 As an advocate the student will develop a plan of care in partnership with the client and their families and respect the right of the client to make decisions about health care but provide information so clients can exercise their rights and make informed decisions regarding their health care.
3.4 As a coordinator of care the student will design, direct, organize and evaluate outcomes of care by other health care providers and secure appropriate community resources to provide cost-effective services to maximize the client’s independence and quality of life.
3.5 As a member of the nursing profession the student will incorporate practice standards and accountability within the legal and ethical standards of the profession of nursing and advocate for the role of the professional nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing will
1. Gain theoretical and empirical knowledge from the discipline of nursing, the humanities, the natural, social, cultural, organizational, and biological sciences, and education applicable to the practice of professional nursing at the advanced level.
2. Acquire communication, leadership, and advanced clinical expertise which are essential for working with interdisciplinary teams and managing the care for culturally diverse individuals,families, or populations.
3. Apply the nursing process at the advanced nursing level through critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, and sound clinical decision making in order to manage and evaluate the comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally sensitive nursing care of individuals, families, and communities.
4. Achieve proficiency in the application of new knowledge based on research to provide quality health care for a culturally diverse population and initiate change to improve nursing practice (innovation), or generate new knowledge through conduct of research using a new application of ideas from prior research or from new, original ideas (thesis).
5. Master the ability to perform within the advanced nursing role as a clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse educator.
6. Enhance the ability to collaborate, consult, and lead a health care team in the planning, implementation, and improvement of health care services consistent with the health needs of an increasingly diverse and multicultural society.